Friday, April 1, 2016

An Offering of Thanks

Yesterday I mentioned how we give thanks to God, and today we read in Genesis the example of how best we can offer our thanks to God. “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.” (Genesis 8.20) You have arrived at the end of another week of Great Lent and you should be thankful. God has preserved you in your fast and prayers. You may have had a moment of weakness. You may have had many moments of weakness, but God has still chosen to preserve you in your struggle.

Imagine how Noah might have struggled for so long a time in the Ark. Then even though the Ark had set ground, he still could not exit the Ark until God had given him permission. FINALLY, God told Noah to exit and the first thing he did was to build and altar to God and make an offering to Him.

This weekend will by our chance to attend Church for the Divine Liturgy and make an offering to Him, both financial and spiritual, as an expression of thanks that He has preserved you this long in the Fast. Even if you haven’t had a perfect Great Lenten journey this far, you are still able to repent and rededicate your life to Him. It isn’t too late to turn your life around. You may still feel a few waves crashing against you, but rest comforted knowing that you have chosen to enter into the Ark of Salvation and give thanks to God.

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